Pennies From Heaven Story: In God We Trust

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. Here’s a twist on the story:

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband’s employer’s home.  My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.


As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny.
He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value.  A smile crept across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?  ‘Look at it,’ he said. ‘Read what it says.’ She read the words ‘  United States of America .’  ‘No, not that; read further.’
‘One cent?’  ‘No, keep reading.’
‘In God we Trust?’  ‘Yes!’  ‘And… ?’


He explained, ‘And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single  United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as my response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful! ‘

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, ‘In God We Trust,’ and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient.

– Author Unknown

  • http://AUSOME brin bolter

    for yearz now I have been blezzed with finding penniez, I am comforted each and every time. I often find 2 in the same area, I say thank you 2 my SiS in heaven, seemz like she iz saying I am still looking after you . I so know that she iz with God and they are real in my life! juzt Brin

  • Susan Diamond

    What a lovely comment to see Marion! Thank you for your kind words and support. Many blessings to you. Susan D. Prayables Publisher

  • Susan Diamond

    AMEN Jacque! Thanks for sharing. Susan D. Publisher Prayables

  • http://PenniesfromHeaven,everyday,rightinfrontofus,usuallyjustattherighttimetoo! J.P.

    I, as I am sure so many of us have had, many trying, emotional and stressful events in our lives. The loss of loved ones, lack of and inability to work, pain and health issues, parents failing health, family strife, lack of finances. The list goes on and on.

    I too, have found many pennies, usually I won’t pick them up unless it’s on heads because of the saying about the luck of a penny on heads and the opposite of that with it on tails. Funny, “In God We Trust” is on the front, heads!!! I will make sure to check my thoughts from now on and you can bet I will pick up every penny I come across!

    The one thing I have learned, the MOST important lesson in my 40 years of life, is that when I try to stay in control of my life, it continues to stay in disarray. The moment I turn it ALL over to Him, let God take control and NOT WORRY about EVERYTHING, things just start to fall in to place! It’s amazing how He makes EVERYTHING better, regardless the situation, he brings peace, happiness, solutions to problems just come to me, even my daughter and communicate more and everything just seems easier when I let Him STAY IN CONTROL!

    Thank you Lord for giving me the strength to face each and every new day you give to me! Each new day, as well as your love and forgiveness for us, are to name only a few of your greatest gifts you give to us! You, and your love, are ALL truly a gift!

    I, as well as all of us need, need as many of the “Pennies from Heaven” we can get!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Marion Harmon

    This was beautiful, I have recently had a stroke and I enjoy my computer,I was just looking and came across Daily Prayables, It is avery enjoyable site. Thank You for the stories.

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